Audience:Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.68 in | 0.92 lb
Page Count:256 pages
#OWNVOICES CONTEMPORARY FANTASY: Like Nana, our author Liz Agyemang (pronounced: Ah—jay—mine) was born in Ghana but came to the United States as a young child. This story is a personal look at what it’s like to grow up across two different cultures, with family dynamics and friendships that feel completely authentic.
A NEW TWIST ON A CLASSIC MYTH: According to legend, all stories belong to Ananse, but this one is all Liz. She’s taken the classic myths about the trickster spider Ananse and created a whole new story that’s completely modern and entirely her own, but that pays tribute to a rich history of Ghanaian storytelling.
QUESTIONS OF IDENTITY AND BELONGING: Our main character, Nana, deals with all of the complicated feelings of being a first-generation American returning to her parents’ home country, and the result is a story that will feel familiar not just to other children of immigrants, but to any kid who’s ever felt out of place or felt like they didn’t belong.
BEAUTIFUL ART: Along with the compelling story, this graphic novel features gorgeously drawn, wonderfully colorful art that perfectly depicts its lush, magical world.
AN INDUSTRY COLLEAGUE: Liz Agyemang is one of our own—she is a junior editor with HMH BFYR and is co-chair for POC in Publishing’s Communications and Events Subcommittee .
EDUCATOR INTEREST: Author’s note included that touches upon Ghanaian and African oral storytelling, culture, and mythology. Additionally, the book contains themes related to immigration, family, and colonialism.
ENTHUSIASTIC PROMOTER: Liz makes illustration videos online and has plenty of ideas for future FIBBED content.
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ANOTHER GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM LIZ IN THE PIPELINE!: We will publish Liz’s next graphic novel in Spring 2023.
“Elizabeth Agyemang smartly weaves culture, adventure, and a little magic into a dynamic story about stories. Agyemang’s colorful illustrations breathe life into Nana’s journey as she connects with her roots and learns to believe in her own voice. At its core, FIBBED is a bold reminder that stories—and those who tell them—have power.” —Booki Vivat, New York Times bestselling author of the Frazzled series
“Thoughtful metafiction with an unshakeable cultural richness.”— Kirkus Reviews
“Energetic folk art–style illustrations [capture] the vibrant setting and colorful Ghanaian attire… a voyage of self-discovery while demonstrating the magical power of stories and their ability to reach across cultures and generations.“—The Horn Book
”Multilayered, colorful, and compelling…With a creative storyline; powerful messages about the importance of family, teamwork, and problems of imperialism; and colorful, stylized, and striking artwork, Fibbed will appeal to young people interested in folklore, magic realism, and adventure stories.“ — Booklist
”Lush warm colors and patterns enhance the beauty of Ghana’s natural landscapes and outdoor market…[and] immerse young readers in Ghanaian traditions, folklore, and language." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books